A church that embodies the balance of tradition and contemporary

St Barnabas church replaces the existing 1857 facility that was destroyed in a fire in 2006. It was the first new church to be built in the Broadway precinct for 48 years. The 3-storey building is a social community centre offering ground floor offices, a kitchen, multi-purpose hall, foyer, main worship space, basement car parking and landscaped courtyard.

The roof framing is formed using structural steel, arranged to best utilise the geometry formed by the curved volumes. Full depth trusses were placed in the side walls of the roof to allow large column free volumes in the worship space and entrance lobby. One of the main structural challenges is the structure free, glazed crucifix built into the south Façade.

Client: Anglican Property Trust

Architect: FJMT

Builder: Buildcorp

Value: $18M

Completion: 2012

Sector: Art & Culture

Services: Structural, Facade


  • 2015 Architecture& Design – Roof Structure Review – Best Roof Structure for Light
  • 2015 AIA NSW – Interior Architecture Award
  • 2015 AIA NSW – Public Architecture Award
  • 2014 ASI NSW/ACT Awards
  • 2014 Steel Excellence Awards – Small Projects – High Commendation
  • 2013 International Architecture Award
  • 2013 World Architecture Festival – Religion High Commendation
  • 2013 NRCA Gold Circle Awards – Innovative Solutions: New Constructions Award
  • 2012 MBA NSW Award